Bulls at Hornets Betting Preview: A pair of playoff hopefuls in the Eastern Conference square off on Friday night in an intriguing NBA matchup. The Charlotte Hornets host the Chicago Bulls, and both teams will feature some young talent that continues to get better.
The Chicago Bulls have made several changes to the front office and coaching staff, and this team looks like it is on the path to success. Chicago is just 6-8 so far on the young season, but they have won two straight games.
The Charlotte Hornets also come into this game with a 6-8 record, but they have struggled to win games of late. Charlotte has lost three straight games, and they will be looking to get back on track in this one.
Charlotte is a 3.5-point favorite over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Bulls at Hornets Betting Preview: Bulls Impressive on Offense
The Chicago Bulls might not be the most complete team in the NBA, but this team can really score. Chicago is averaging 117.4 points per game, and they have some perimeter players that can really fill it up.
Zach LaVine is leading this team with 27.4 points per game, and he is playing like an All-Star performer this season. Point guard Coby White has chipped in with 15.9 points and also 5.9 assists per game.
The team is shooting better than 38 percent from the three-point line and Lauri Markkanen has started to show some improvement this season. Chicago is still looking for a more team-style of offense, but they aren’t afraid to score quickly.
Defense has been a struggle at times for the Bulls as they are giving up over 120 points per game. Head coachBilly Donovan has tried to get his team to play better on that end of the floor, but the Bulls still have some work to do.
Bulls at Hornets Betting Preview: Hornets Can Really Defend
The Charlotte Hornets are not nearly as explosive as the Chicago Bulls, but they are a much defensive team. Charlotte is giving up just 108 points per game, but guarding the three-point line will be a major key in this one.
Center Cody Zeller is returning to the lineup on Friday night, and that should improve the defense even more. The Hornets have more veterans in the lineup, and they know how to lock in on that end of the floor.
Gordon Hayward leads the team with 22.2 points per game, and he has been impressive since coming to the Hornets. There are four other players scoring double-figures for the Hornets and they are the best team in the league at sharing the basketball.
Charlotte does struggle to shoot the ball at times, making just 36 percent of their shots form deep. The Hornets will have to score points to keep up with the Bulls on Friday night.
Bulls at Hornets Betting Pick: Bulls Stay Red-Hot with Road Win
Even though the Bulls are still under the .500 mark, this team is starting to draw some attention from around the league. It is clear that the franchise is heading in a positive direction, and there is plenty of young talent on the roster.
Charlotte is also hoping to turn things around, but they have really struggled of late. The Hornets just don’t have enough offense to consistently win games, and that is going to be an issue against an explosive Bulls team.
This game should be tight throughout, but the Bulls have the best player on the floor in Zach LaVine. LaVine is able to lift the Bulls past the Hornets late as Chicago stays red-hot with a third straight win.
Bet the Chicago Bulls over the Charlotte Hornets in this Eastern Conference clash on Friday night.